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Trio Nueva Finlandia: Ha ! - What's Going On ?

By Published: January 1, 1999
These three distinguished jazz veterans have paid dues with the likes of Ben Webster, Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton and Jimmy Guiffre to name but a few. They bring impressive credentials to the table and based on this recording appear to re-invent themselves while displaying a level of expertise and sophistication that can only be attained with years of experience. On the CD liner notes it is stated that all of this music was composed “live” by the Trio. This is instantaneous improvisation that in hindsight is somewhat startling. On “What’s Going On”, Baron Paakkunainen picks up the flute and indulges in some witty dialogue with bandmates Eero Ojanen (piano) and Teppo Hauta-sho (bass, cello). The spontaneity is not totally obvious. Despite the improvisational aspects there is an ongoing sense of structure and needless to say, thematic development. “Prelude’s Just In Tones” features some crafty fluid soprano sax work by Paakkunainen supported by busy yet playful rhythmic form. This piece is comprised of a series of twists and turns and sets the mood for the entire project. Suite N. 17258: is a five-part sequence of short tracks that emphasize coordination and communication among the band. This is all about ideas, artistic vision and flawless execution. Trio Nueva Finlandia is a class outfit. We wouldn’t expect any less from these consummate professionals. Highly Recommended.

Record Label: Leo Records

Style: Modern Jazz



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